- Zac Efron said he is single and looking for the ‘right person’ in a Sept. 2022 interview
- The actor was last linked with an Instagram model/waitress he met while filming in Australia in 2021
- Most of his previous girlfriends have been co-stars, including Vanessa Hudgens, with whom he had his longest public romance
After all that he’s accomplished, it’s wild to look back and realize that Zac Efron was introduced to Hollywood as a teen hunk. The actor skyrocketed to fame after his breakout role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical Disney trilogy. Ever since the first film debuted in 2006, fans have loved seeing Zac’s career blossom, as he takes on roles in musicals, dramas, comedies, and more.
But while his acting career is fascinating to follow, fans have also loved staying in-the-know about the leading ladies in Zac’s personal life! From rumored flings to longtime girlfriends, Zac’s romantic history has piqued his fans’ interest for years. The interest doesn’t seem to fade even when he admits he’s happily single, which he did in Sept. 2022, telling Men’s Health, “I know that probably when I meet the right person, it’s going to be when I least expect it.” Now, we’re taking a look back at his romances over the course of his career!
Zac and his HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgens seemed like a match made in Disney darlings heaven! The two starred as a love interests in the HSM films and their onscreen chemistry was even more palpable when the cameras weren’t rolling. The pair met while filming the first HSM in 2005 and by 2007 were a hot young item in Hollywood.
As filming continued on the HSM sequel and the final film, released in theaters in 2008, Zac and Vanessa continued their romance. Zac even played Vanessa’s love interest in the music video for her 2007 single “Say Ok.” The two continued to put up a united front well into the late 2000s, but by December 2010, the two called it quits. The two have kept their distance from one another despite all the years they spent together.
However, it now appears things are amicable between the pair, or at least the breakup was, as Vanessa opened up about it in 2019. “It started off really organically and I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at that time,” Vanessa admitted on the Awards Chatter podcast on April 22. “We kind of blew up — it was this massive phenomenon and all eyes were on me and it’s just a really foreign, weird thing to go through — but by being in a relationship, I feel like it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded. I had someone to lean on who was going through it, as well.”
Meanwhile, both Zac and Vanessa have posted cryptic posts on their social media accounts lately, teasing a HSM reunion! In July 2022, Zac shared a snap of himself standing in front of the film’s iconic East High School in Salt Lake City, UT to his Instagram, writing, “Don’t you… forget about me.” Vanessa took to her Instagram a month before, sharing a clip of herself outside the school as well. “Do you remember in kindergarten how you’d meet a kid and know nothing about them, then 10 seconds later you’re playing like you’re best friends because you didn’t have to be anything but yourself?” she captioned the video.
After his years-long romance with Vanessa, Zac dated model Sami Miro, who also lists herself as an “impact designer” on her Instagram. Unlike his previous relationship, this couple kept the details of their relationship close to their hearts, but appeared at a number of events together over the course of their two-year courtship. The pair started dating in 2014 and kept their love fairly low-profile.
However, after less than two years together, the former couple called it quits in April 2016, around the time that Zac was filming Baywatch. With his star rising, it seems that spending months at a time away on film sets may have led to the split. The pair never rekindled their romance, either.
Speaking of Baywatch, rumors swirled around Zac’s co-star, Alexandra Daddario, that the beauty was involved with the actor while they were filming! The pair met on the set of the film adaptation of the popular TV series in 2016 (the film was later released in 2017). Fans freaked seeing the onscreen love interests together, and Zac nearly confirmed their relationship when he left a flirty comment on one of Alexandra’s Instagram posts in 2018!
One month later, however, Alexandra denied that she and Zac were romantically linked. “We’re very good friends. Zac and I’ve worked together, and we’re very good friends,” she told People. But a source close to the pair shared with HollywoodLife that the two just wanted to keep things as private as possible — they didn’t even tell their co-stars about their romance!
If it feels like there’s a pattern forming with Zac’s love life, then you wouldn’t be wrong. Fans thought for sure that Zac was linked to another one of his co-stars when he was seen out and about with Lily Collins. The two starred in the 2019 Netflix film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile where they played real life people Liz Kendall (Lily) and notorious murderer, Ted Bundy (Zac).
The film was, as the title would suggest, shocking, as it chronicled the relationship between Liz and Ted. During the time of filming and even when Zac and Lily were promoting the film, fans continued to wonder whether the stars of the film were, in fact, in a relationship themselves. They were spotted holdings hands in Disneyland in 2013, leading fans to believe that their reunion on set caused sparks to fly again. Unfortunately, it all seemed to be an incredibly professional relationship, with the two making red carpet appearances together and more.
Lily has since gone on to marry her filmmaker beau, Charlie McDowell, in Sept. 2021, as seen on her Instagram here.
By 2019, it seemed like Zac was stepping away from dating co-stars and shifting his personal life to become more and more private. That’s why fans had many questions when it was rumored he started dating Sarah Bro. The Danish swimmer and actor were first linked when they were seen at a fitness class together in Los Angeles in March of that year.
Sarah remains an incredibly fit athlete, as seen on her Instagram, known for her swimming career and her passion for science. There wasn’t too much hype about this might-be couple following their sighting in March 2019. Still, fans wonder about this talented young woman and the actor she potentially dated!
It wasn’t long until it seemed that Zac was once again linked to a co-star! In early 2020, it appeared that Zac was back with his Neighbors co-star Halston Sage. The two met on the film set in 2014, and rumors swirled that the pair were more than just co-stars.
In January 2020, it was reported that the two were back together following their 2014 fling and this time they were getting serious. The romance, however, seemingly fizzled out.
It is unclear if Halston has dated someone since her time with Zac, as she appears to keep her romantic life off her social media.
Back in Sept. 2020, Zac essentially confirmed his relationship with Vanessa Valladares. The Byron Bay local and actor met at a restaurant where Vanessa was waitressing during Zac’s stay in Australia. Zac recently extended his tourist visa to the gorgeous continent, leading many fans to believe that his romance with Vanessa had something to do with the decision.
The two were even seen holding hands on September 7, with the pictures illustrating that Zac is, once again, off the market! However, by April 2021, the couple reportedly split. It is unclear if Vanessa has started dating someone new, as her Instagram is kept private.